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James E. S. (Jesh) Humphrey IV

James E. S. (Jesh) Humphrey IV

Division of Institutional Integrity

Vice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704‑687‑5732
jesh.humphrey@uncc.edu

Jesh Humphrey joined UNC Charlotte in 2006 and was appointed Vice Chancellor and General Counsel in 2016. As Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Humphrey supervises the attorneys and staff in the Office of Legal Affairs, including the Director of University Compliance and the University Public Records Officer. The Office of Legal Affairs is dedicated to minimizing legal risk to UNC Charlotte and resolving its legal issues while finding creative and ethical ways to help faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees accomplish tasks that advance the University's mission and interests.

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Samantha (Sam) Sears

Samantha (Sam) Sears

Legal Affairs

Deputy General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704-687-5732
ssears4@uncc.edu

Samantha (Sam) Sears is Deputy General Counsel, and her practice primarily includes providing legal advice and counsel to Research & Economic Development and Academic Affairs. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as Associate General Counsel at the University of Oregon and Assistant General Counsel at Oregon State University and as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Before transitioning to higher education law, she was a general litigation and trial practice associate at Alston & Bird, LLP, in Atlanta,...

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Jeffrey N. Jensen

Jeffrey N. Jensen

Legal Affairs

Senior Associate General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704‑687‑5732
Jeffrey.Jensen@uncc.edu

Jeff Jensen came to the Office of Legal Affairs in December 2011. He has over fifteen years of experience in legal and regulatory compliance in public higher education, having worked previously at the University of North Dakota and with the University of Wisconsin System. He received his JD and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jensen's practice at UNC Charlotte includes student affairs, employment and personnel matters, athletics, records access and protection under the North Carolina Public Records Act, FERPA, HIPAA, the review and...

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Amy S. Kelso

Amy S. Kelso

Legal Affairs

Senior Associate General Counsel
(telecommuting) Asheville, NC
828-232-4990
Amy.Kelso@uncc.edu

Amy Kelso joined the UNC Charlotte Office of Legal Affairs in 1997 after clerking for Chief Judge Gerald Arnold at the NC Court of Appeals for two years. As a transactional attorney, she advises University administrators on a variety of legal issues in public higher education law, including policy development, contract drafting and negotiation, student conduct, education abroad, athletics, governance and accountability, and compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations. Prior to her legal career, she worked in academic publishing at UNC Press in Chapel Hill. Kelso received...

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Sarah O. Edwards

Sarah O. Edwards

Legal Affairs

Associate General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704‑687‑5732
sarah.edwards@uncc.edu

Sarah Edwards joined the Office of Legal Affairs in 2012 after a one-year fellowship in UNC Chapel Hill's Office of University Counsel and two years clerking in the North Carolina appellate court system. She earned her BA in Political Science from Wake Forest University and her JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Edwards focuses her practice on institutional compliance (including Title IX and the Clery Act), review and negotiation of contracts, policy development and revision, and institutional governance.

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Bradley (Brad) Trahan

Office of Legal Affairs

Assistant General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704-687-5732
btrahan@uncc.edu

Brad Trahan joined the Office of Legal Affairs in August 2018. Brad advises and collaborates with university administrators, faculty, and staff on a broad range of legal, contractual, and regulatory issues. Brad joins UNC Charlotte from NC State University, where he worked in the Office of General Counsel as Interim Assistant General Counsel, Compliance and Integrity Manager, and the University Records Officer. Prior to his employment at NC State, Brad worked as an attorney for Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. Brad received his J.D. from Campbell University and B.A. in Public...

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Kris Caudle

Legal Affairs

Higher Education Legal Fellow
Cato 3rd Floor
704-687-6113
kcaudle5@uncc.edu

Kris Caudle is the Higher Education Fellow for the Office of Legal Affairs. Prior to joining the Office of Legal Affairs, Kris practiced education law as an associate at Schwartz...

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